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Congratulations to our 2018 Youth in Philanthropy Winners!

Monday, July 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) is committed to the development of the next generation of fundraisers. The Association understands that in order to ensure that there is interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, members must expose today’s youth to philanthropy in a meaningful way. With that goal in mind, AFP created the Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee more than a decade ago. Each chapter of the Association has a Youth in Philanthropy component within its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A) Committee.

The AFP-Greater Houston Chapter (GHC) hosted its 7th Annual Youth in Philanthropy Award this year. Currently throughout the Houston area, young adults are performing countless selfless acts and inspirational community service projects. This award recognizes students in the Greater Houston area who have shown compassion and innovation in their community through volunteerism and fundraising activities.

AFP-GHC is pleased to announce our 2018 YIP Award Winners and two Honorable Mentions who are presented at the July Monthly Education Session.

First Place Winner of $3,000

Zosia Sandweiss for The Theatre Under the Stars - The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. As a volunteer, Zosia’s initiative and genuine compassion for others were evident in her philanthropic endeavor for The River. She wanted to raise money for The River during her participation in Overland Summers four-week 1,500 mile European bike ride. Her idea was to get funding per mile by her friends and family where all the proceeds would benefit The River’s financial aid program for families who are economically disadvantaged so that their child can engage in the arts. At the end of her ride, Zosia raised over $3,000 for The River’s financial aid program.

Honorable Mentions

First Honorable Mention of $1,000

Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. Thirty girls participated in their Days of Girls project and created 125 hygiene kits. These kits gave 22,500 days of school back to girls in Malawi and Uganda who missed school during their monthly cycle due to lack of feminine hygiene products.

Second Honorable Mention of $1,000

Kinkaid High School’s Ceramic Club. Fifty students created artwork to sell at their Empty Bowl event to raise money for the Houston Food Bank. One thousand dollars ($1,000) provides 3,000 meals and The Ceramic Club donated $1,350.

Houston has many wonderful organizations in our public schools, and AFP-GHC wants to support and encourage students and their leadership service in the nonprofit community. For more information on AFP-GHC’s Youth in Philanthropy program, contact Vida L. Avery, Ph.D., Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access via email:


About The Author

Vida L. Avery, Ph.D. is a resource development specialist for the Center for Grants Development, Harris County Department of Education. While she previously worked closely with nonprofits, faith-and community-based organizations, she now works with educators, schools and school districts, bringing in over $70 million to the Houston/Harris County area. Her professional career spans over 20 years in the educational arena, having been a teacher, adjunct professor, program officer at a foundation and a grant writer. Currently, she is also an adjunct professor at Rice University, Center for Civic Leadership where she teaches a course in philanthropy and her students award grants to nonprofit organizations in the Houston area (


She is the author of Philanthropy in Black Higher Education: A Fateful Hour Creating the Atlanta University System and co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. Dr. Avery received the 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, Outstanding Published Scholarship, for Philanthropy in Black Higher Education that describes the affiliation of Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College forming the Atlanta University System and the relationship between John Hope, the first black president of Morehouse College and Atlanta University, and industrial philanthropists, who played a significant role in developing higher education for blacks. She also serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Houston Chapter’s as a board of director and is the chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Dr. Avery holds a Ph. D. in educational policy studies with a major in higher education and a research concentration in philanthropy from Georgia State University, an M. Ed. and Ed. S. in education from Brenau University and a B. A. in economics with a concentration in business administration from Spelman College.


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